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Here is where I keep some of the bits of inspiration I like to refer back to.

Getting Started

"Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."
        Gene Fowler (1890-1960): Writer, author


"There comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."
        Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930): British writer, physician, created Sherlock Holmes

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
        Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519): Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, scientist

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
        Albert Einstein (1875-1955): German-born American theoretical physicist, theories of relativity, philosopher

"Add lightness."
        Colin Chapman: Founder of Lotus Auto

"You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away."
        Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery: Pilot, Poet, Man (1900 - 1944)


"Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe."
        Alfonso the Wise (1221-1284)

"Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus."
        David Hockney (b. 1937): British artist

Know Your Audience

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
        Douglas Noel Adams (1952-2001): Author, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"The average U.S. adult Internet user will spend 9.5 months of his life reading e-mail. The average U.S. adult without Net access will spend 4.7 years watching television."
        Cyber Dialogue (April, 2000)

"Usability is like oxygen--you never notice it until it is missing."

Purpose and Direction

"Good design should encourage decision-making by helping to evaluate choices."
        David A. Ruble: Author and designer

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
        Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"When the going gets rough, you are obviously in the wrong place."
        Miss Piggy: Muppet


"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
        Mark Twain (1835-1910): Editor, steamboat pilot, adventurer, humorist, author

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
        R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983): Engineer, designer, and architect

"Creating a quality product is like making love to a gorilla. You can't quit when you are happy; you stop when the gorilla is satisfied."

"If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got."

"A creative insightful informed human designing the software will do much better than any method."
        Seth Nickell Interaction Designer, GNOME Usability

"Get the habit of analysis - analysis will, in time, enable synthesis to become your habit of mind."
        Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959): American architect

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